LGUs urged to prepare for La Niña PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 11:49

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ Sueno called on local government officials to review La Niña Action, or Oplan Tag-ulan plans for this year’s local preparedness measures.

“It is important to establish early preparedness actions for La Niña and prioritize prepositioning of equipment and supplies for response assets,” Sueno said.

Sueno also urged local chief executives (LCEs) to conduct pre-disaster risk assessments in the flooded areas and install landslide warning signage in high-risk areas for adequate local preparations.

Sueno, who is also Vice-Chairperson for Disaster Preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), made the call after Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued an update in the Central and Eastern Equatorial Pacific, saying the area constantly exhibited cooler than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs), by which can ignite the development of La Nina.

He emphasized that the local chief executives (LCE)as well as punong barangays should complement the efforts of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in ensuring strategic location of landslide signage and use part of their 70 percent preparedness fund out of the 5 percent local DRRM fund for the expenses. The standard specifications of MGB for an outdoor landslide warning signage should be fully colored, digitally printed, and with a size of 1.25 x 1.25 meters.

“LCEs, being the chairpersons of LDRRMCs, are encouraged to ensure the preparedness of communities and to take proactive measures in responding to calamities. All landslide-prone areas within their respective areas of responsibility must have warning signage based on the 1:10,000 scale hazard maps for rain-induced landslides from the MGB,” he said.

Sueno thinks it is necessary to take precautionary measures in order to ease its potential adverse impacts although PAGASA projected a “likely weak and short-lived La Niña in either late September or October 2016 and near- to above- normal rainfall conditions in September to December 2016.